A residence intended for the leader of a polygamist sect on the Arizona-Utah border is now turning into a bed & breakfast.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the compound was originally built in Hildale, Utah in 2010 or 2011 to house the notorious leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Warren Jeffs, and his wives after he was released from prison.
However, he was found guilty in 2011 of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault of children and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
After the compound was seized by the government, it was purchased at an auction in April 2013 by a former bodyguard of Jeffs, William Jessop, to the tune of $3.6 million, reports the newspaper.
“The initial intent of (the compound) was to be something exclusive, and the bed and breakfast concept made it something inclusive,” Jessop said to the Tribune.
Each of the 14 bedrooms at America’s Most Wanted Suites, has a bathroom and a closet; however the room that was meant for Jeffs is banned for the time being because a family whose house burned down is currently occupying it, says the Tribune.
The paper reports, potential customers can have breakfast on premises or walk down to the Merry Wives Café, a restaurant owned by a group of polygamists who live in nearby Centennial Park, the only sit-down restaurant within 55 miles of that area, according to NPR.
As of now there are no prices for America’s Most Wanted Suites listed, but Jessop told the Tribune that there was already a high school reunion there for FLDS school academy classes 1984 and 1985. However, the organizer of the event did get arrested by Hildale & Colorado City marshals.
The paper says there is push to bring more businesses to help stimulate the local economy.